THE BUTT END OF IT: Nate Campbell, left, has the most to lose
if verdict is not overturned.
Spit Bucket: THE APPEAL
Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell
California State Athletic Commission Reputation on The Line
Nearly four weeks after their WBO junior welterweight championship bout played out unfairly in a square ring at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the rematch of Timothy Bradley and Nate Campbell will be decided in a Los Angeles downtown board room where not just the reputation of the fighters will be at state, but more importantly the California State Athletic Commission.
There will not be a capacity crowd of avid boxing fans, there will not be any boxing network television cameras, and perhaps maybe the horde of media will also be absent, but The Appeal of the unjust verdict of the fight between Bradley and Campbell will greatly impact the fighters, their promoters and the commission that is responsible for rendering their decision on Aug. 24.
When Bradley fought Campbell on Aug. 1 in Rancho Mirage an accidental clash of heads caused by Bradley created a nasty cut over the left eye of Campbell early in the third round.
Campbell vehemently complained to referee David Mendoza to no avail and while ailing from the head but, Bradley mounted an assault against his flailing opponent that sent Campbell reeling into the corner until mercifully saved by the bell.
Afterward in his corner, Campbell complained to his corner men that he could not see, the ringside physician came into the ring and the fight was subsequently stopped. Bradley, the undefeated champion was awarded a third round TKO.
Since the damage caused to Campbell was but a head butt and not a punch, the rules indicate that the fight should have instead been ruled a No Contest. If allowed the stand the verdict would be devastating to Campbell and a monumental boost to Bradley, whom through his promoter Gary Shaw is already using the tainted victory as leverage for Bradley’s next potential opponent.
Not so fast Mr. Shaw.
According to interim executive officer Dave Thornton of the California State Athletic Commission, item No. 7 at the Junipero Serra State Building in the Carmel Room will determine if the decision will be overturned and the decision changed to a No Contest instead of a TKO victory for Bradley.
“It will be a fair and open hearing and in other situations the result will be know immediately,” said Thornton.
Asked if the commission could be persuaded against Campbell by some undue influence, and Thornton response was: “That would be totally inappropriate and it is something that I am not aware of.”
Campbell or any of his representatives could offer their opinion at the hearing and so can members from Bradley’s camp, but the most profound piece of evidence the commission has is the tape replay of the fight itself and the inadequate actions of referee Mendoza.
That should be the most compelling evidence that the fight be overturned to a No Contest, and the videotape of the fight will not lie. It will tell the truth in more than 1000 words and it cannot just save the reputation of Campbell and Bradley, the sport of boxing, but more importantly the reputation of the California State athletic Commission.